Alexis Rockman's offset color lithographs, Mastodon, Sabre-Toothed Tiger and Tiger Beetle, depict these extinct beings as beautiful creatures. By defining the features of the animals with a dark, fluid wash on top of boldly colored grounds, Rockman creates a tension between the naturalistic representation of the animals and their status as icons of a distant past. Rockman has described himself as a "pop artist using natural history as iconography."
Rockman was born in 1962 in New York. An early influence was his mother's workplace, as she was an archaeologist at the American Museum of Natural History. Rockman studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and later at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His paintings depict intricate landscapes, full of rich and unexpected detail. He has shown his work internationally in numerous solo exhibitions; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Creative Time, NY (billboards); The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. His work is in the following collections: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY ; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY;Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Wurth Museum, Germany. He has taught at Columbia University and Harvard. He is currently represented by Leo Koenig, Inc. in New York.